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R&B artist Chris Brown in a child support dispute

Michigan fans of R&B artist Chris Brown may find it interesting to learn that according to recent news reports the 26-year-old is embroiled in a child support dispute with the mother of his 11-month-old daughter.

Media reports indicate that the mother of his daughter alleges that Brown stopped paying her child support of about $2,500 per month sometime in March of this year after she asked that he increase the child support to $15,000 per month. Brown has not contested paternity. The parties have not yet settled the matter, but the mother has indicated that she will file the necessary legal paperwork to get a court to increase the child support payments.

Child support is important for the well-being of a child, and the non-custodial parent has an obligation to pay child support to the custodial parent. Every situation is different. The parent who will be ordered by the court to pay child support and how much will depend on the child custody arrangement, the income of both parents, the medical and educational needs of the child and childcare needs.

In some cases a change in circumstances may prevent a well-meaning non-custodial parent from being able to make the court ordered monthly child support payments. In such cases, rather than hoping that the matter disappears, it is very important to be proactive and take the step to file a motion to modify child support payments due to the change in circumstance.

The consequences of not doing so could result in a warrant being issued, wage garnishment, increases in child support arrears and jail time. Courts can be intimidating for those who are not familiar with the legal system and the legal paperwork can appear daunting. Getting the right information about the potential options can be useful.

Source: New York Daily News, "Chris Brown fights with ex-girlfriend Nia Guzman after halting child support payments," Nancy Dillion, May 25, 2015

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